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Watchdog caught in political crossfire on his Russia report

Dec. 11, 2019 8:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog was caught in a political tug of war Wednesday as Republican and Democratic senators used his report on the origins of the Russia investigation involving Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to support their views that it was a legitimate probe or...

Cohen wants sentence trimmed for cooperating against Trump

Dec. 11, 2019 6:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen wants his three-year prison sentence reduced as a reward for providing authorities information about alleged misdeeds by President Donald Trump, according to court papers filed Wednesday in which he said his incarceration is “a powerful and humbling punishment.”...

Democrats' impeachment charges say Trump betrayed the nation

Dec. 11, 2019 9:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, declaring he “betrayed the nation” with his actions toward Ukraine as they pushed toward historic proceedings that are certain to help define his presidency and shape the 2020 election. The...

Prosecutors OK with probation for ex-Trump aide Rick Gates

Dec. 10, 2019 8:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Tuesday it is not opposing a sentence of probation for a former Trump campaign official who provided “extraordinary assistance" in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum that Rick Gates met with...

Barr: FBI's Russia investigation based on 'bogus narrative'

Dec. 10, 2019 6:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr leveled blistering criticism at how the Russia investigation was conducted, saying Tuesday that it was based on a “bogus narrative” that the Trump campaign might have conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Barr spoke to NBC...

Giuliani indicates he'll report on Ukraine trip this week

Dec. 10, 2019 6:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, said Tuesday that the president asked him to brief the Justice Department and Republican senators on the findings of his recent trip to Ukraine. Giuliani indicated he would aim to do so by week’s end but did not...

AP FACT CHECK: How Trump's Russia claims line up with report

Dec. 10, 2019 6:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has railed for years against the FBI's investigation into his campaign, making incendiary — and sometimes easily disprovable — allegations. Those statements were put to the test by a Justice Department watchdog report that found much for Trump to claim...

Key dates in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump

Dec. 10, 2019 4:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — APRIL 21, 2019 President Donald Trump speaks with then-President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy to congratulate him on his election victory. The White House says in a readout of the call that the president underscored unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial...

Trump sharply criticizes FBI head after Russia probe report

Dec. 10, 2019 11:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday at FBI Director Christopher Wray, expressing dissatisfaction that Wray didn't cast a watchdog report on the origins of the Russia investigation as devastating for the bureau. In an interview with The Associated Press Monday, Wray acknowledged the...

DOJ watchdog report takeaways: Nuance, no total absolution

Dec. 10, 2019 7:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog released a report that found the FBI had a legitimate reason to open up one of the most politically sensitive investigations ever, the Russia probe that began in secret during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign that eventually was taken...